GOFFSTOWN - 20 March 2016: Almost 60 of New Hampshire’s most money-savvy teenagers, including a team from Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, will compete for the title of N.H. FinLit300 State Champion when they meet at the Grappone Center in Concord on April 11. Organized by the New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition, FinLit300 is an educational opportunity that helps to teach teenagers in Grades 9-12 to be smart, responsible and financially literate adults. The April 11 competition will be a nine-match elimination tournament using a game show/quiz bowl format. The Question Masters for the State Championship are Jeff Feingold, editor of the N.H. Business Review; Marc Hebert of the Harbor Group, and Sean McDonald of WMUR-TV.
Nine teams compiled the top scores and earned the right to meet for the state crown after several weeks of study and online competition. The winning team members from the state championship event will win an all-expense paid weekend trip to New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Hotel, the place where the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were established during the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. Additionally, the winning coach/coaches will receive a free registration to the National Jump$tart Educator Conference, November 2016 in Dallas.
The major sponsors of Finlit300 in 2016 are: Santander Bank, Experian, National Endowment for Financial Education, Members First Credit Union, Merrimack Country Savings Bank, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Paul A. Pouliot & Associates and EDvestinU.
N.H. Jump$tart President Daniel Hebert said “FinLit300 allows teens to be aware of the financial opportunities to build a better future, as well as the scams and frauds, and financial challenges that are part of everyday life. Given the current economic climate, we believe that FinLit300 should be part of every high school student’s education.” The topics in FinLit300 are based on the Jump$tart National Standards in kindergarten through Grade 12 personal finance education: spending and saving; credit and debt; employment and income; investing; risk management and insurance; and, financial decision making.
The nine teams meeting in this first, annual, statewide event are:
— Winnacunnet High School, Hampton; Head Coach: Janice Arsenault.
— Manchester Central High School, Manchester; Head Coach: Dawn O’Connor.
— Merrimack High School, Merrimack; Head Coach: Carolyn Masterson.
— Newfound Regional High School, Bristol; Head Coach: Sheila Miller.
— Pinkerton Academy, Derry: Head Coach: Lila Mazzola.
— Raymond High School, Raymond; Head Coach: Michael Brazeau.
— Spaulding High School, Rochester; Head Coach: Tom Daly.
— Windham High School, Windham; Head Coach: AnnMarie Morse.
Established in 2000, N.H. Jump$tart is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the personal financial education of students throughout New Hampshire. Its corps of volunteers is dedicated to helping young people better prepare for the challenges posed by today’s more complex marketplace of goods and services. For information about N.H. Jump$tart, NH LifeSmarts, other activities promoting sound personal money management skills, and free resources for students and teachers, visit: www.nhjumpstart.org.